By the time University of Missouri police arrived at the Delta Upsilon fraternity, following up on allegations of a racial slur targeting black students, the situation had devolved into a tense shouting match, according to police records obtained exclusively by Heat Street.
Arriving well into the confrontation, police said they did not hear any racial slurs used. They reported seeing fraternity members shouting, and they interviewed witnesses who claimed a drunk, white female passerby and fraternity members had used the N-word.
Police also reported that at least one student from Mizzou’s Legion of Black Collegian trespassed on fraternity property, and that black students were yelling threats and slurs at the fraternity members.
“While trying to keep the [fraternity members and black students] apart, people inside the Delta Upsilon house began shouting out of the windows, which further angered several people in the crowd,” wrote officer Jacob Clifford in a police report.
“I was not able to discern what was being said by those in the house, but members of the Legion of Black Collegians reported that the people in the house were taunting them, laughing and pointing, told them to ‘f--- off’ and ‘go home’ and at one point, placed a speaker facing out of a window and played loud rap music. Several members of the Legion of Black Collegians believed they played rap music to mock them. While I did not hear any racial slurs used, several people reported hearing them,” Clifford said.
One fraternity member told police he had played the hip-hop artist Future, also claiming that a black woman on the street had yelled at him, “Get down here so I can beat your cracker ass.”
Cliff wrote, “I heard someone outside on the sidewalk shout something similar to, ‘Keep talking, we’ll burn this motherf----- down.’”